Cup race at Dover renamed Dover International Speedway announced today that the June 3, 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race will be named the "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa." Autism Speaks is an organization dedicated to increasing understanding and knowledge of autism spectrum disorders; to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism; and to advocating for the needs of affected families.
"Thanks to Visa's commitment, this event marks the first time a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event entitlement has been dedicated to a not-for-profit organization," said Mark Rossi, vice president of sales & marketing for Dover Motorsports, Inc. "Millions of fans watching the race on Fox around the country, along with our loyal fan base here at the track in Dover, will be exposed to the 'Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa' messaging. The end result will be increased awareness, and additional funds, to assist the many important initiatives of Autism Speaks."
From now until June 1, Dover International Speedway will donate $5 to Autism Speaks from each ticket purchased with a Visa card for the June 3 "Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa" race. Fans can visit www.autismspeaks.org to learn more and donate to this worthwhile cause.
As part of the entitlement, a special one-of-a-kind experience will be auctioned, with all proceeds going directly to Autism Speaks. The prize includes the opportunity to wave the green flag as the honorary starter for the June 3 race; an autographed flag signed by the starting lineup of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race; the chance to be on stage for driver introductions; a ride in the pre-race parade lap for four guests; four tickets to watch the race from a skybox suite; four pit passes; and a guided tour for four of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garage. To participate in this unique auction and support Autism Speaks, go to www.autismspeaks.org/dover400.
"We are very grateful to Visa and Dover International Speedway for this unprecedented opportunity to increase awareness of autism, a global health crisis now affecting 1 in 150 individuals," said Mark Roithmayr, President of Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is committed to funding scientific research to understand the causes of autism and to develop improved treatments. We are proud to work with Visa and Dover, driving together toward the cure."
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway on June 1-3 and Sept. 21-23, 2007. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 800-441-RACE or visit www.DoverSpeedway.com.